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Staff Advisory Committees

FMERA currently has four Staff Advisory Committees: Environmental, Historic Preservation, Housing and Veterans. These committees are comprised of Board Members as well as members of the public, and each committee is Chaired by a Board Member. Committee composition is determined by the Authority in accordance with its by-laws. The purpose of the Staff Advisory Committees is to address issues related to the redevelopment and reuse of Fort Monmouth, and help the staff resolve those issues. Additionally, as required by the Authority’s enabling Act and by-laws, the Historic Preservation and Environmental Staff Advisory Committees serve as the exclusive “historic preservation commission” and the “environmental commission” for land use matters within the project areas.

Unless otherwise indicated, the Staff Advisory Committee Meetings are not open to the Public, but each Chairperson reports out to the Board, and to the Public, on the Committee’s activities and findings at the monthly meetings of the Authority. The committees do not have the authority to take any action binding FMERA.

Historic Preservation Staff Advisory Committee

  • Mayor Jay Coffey, Chairman
  • Randall Gabrielan, Monmouth County Representative
  • Gary Baldwin, Tinton Falls Representative
  • Kathy English, Eatontown Representative
  • Ted Ibex, Oceanport Representative
  • Edward O’Neill, College Educator
  • Ned Gaunt, Developer by Trade
  • Real Estate Professional – Open
  • Dorothy Guzzo, Advocacy Group Representative

Housing Staff Advisory Committee

  • Gina Fischetti, Chairwoman
  • Donna Blaze, Monmouth County Representative
  • Linda Zucaro, Tinton Falls Representative
  • Mayor Dennis Connelly, Eatontown Representative
  • Oceanport Representative – Open
  • College Educator – Open
  • Developer by Trade – Open
  • Paul Ceppi, Real Estate Professional
  • John Yaecker, Advocacy Group Representative

Veterans Staff Advisory Committee

  • Lillian Burry, Chairwoman
  • Sue Moleon, Monmouth County Representative
  • Gary Baldwin, Tinton Falls Representative
  • Everett Lucas, Eatontown Representative
  • Ted Ibex, Oceanport Representative
  • Steve Curto, College Educator
  • Scott Havard, Developer by Trade
  • Real Estate Developer – Open
  • Chris Gramicionni, Advocacy Group Representative

Environmental Staff Advisory Committee

  • Kenneth J. Kloo, Chairman
  • Linda Range, Department of Environmental Protection, Case Manager
  • Jennifer DiLorenzo, Monmouth County Representative
  • Edward Dlugosz, Eatontown Representative
  • Richard Gruskos, Oceanport Representative
  • Jonathan Cohen, Tinton Falls Representative
  • Real Estate Professional – Open
  • Developer by Trade – Open
  • Barbara T. Reagor, Ph.D. – College Educator
  • Ben Forest, Advocacy Group Representative

Environmental Staff Advisory Committee Updates

May 17, 2017

Kenneth J. Kloo stated that the Committe met on May 1st and discussed the following:

  • Discussion relative to the management of contaminated soils to be excavated at specific remediation sites in the Phase 2 property. The Committee discussed the potential for using the soils for site preparation and/or grading under the final cap as part of the closure of the landfills, as appropriate. This approach may reduce costs associated with purchasing clean soil for grading purposes while simultaneously avoiding costs for disposing of minimally contaminated soil.
  • FMERA staff summarized recent discussions with the NJ DEP Water Resources Management Program related to the Fort’s water system, and updated the Committee on the status of the water main installation in the Oceanport section of the Fort. FMERA plans to continue the monthly flushing of the water system.
  • The public comment period for the Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for carve-outs located within Parcels 28, 38 and 69 closed on April 7th. The Army Corps of Engineers is now working on a deed for conveyance of the carve-outs within the three parcels to FMERA. These are the first carve-outs to be transferred.
  • The Committee discussed the location and potential sources of two methane gas detections at the M-14 landfill in Oceanport. The Army met with the NJ DEP in relation to this issue and a resolution was expected in the coming days.
  • Update on ECP Parcels 35, 51, 53, and 76. The Army has received No Further Action determination at several sites within Parcel 51, the County’s Motor Pool in Eatontown, but must provide additional information on two sites within the carve-out; FMERA staff has encouraged the Army to address the issues at Parcel 53 in Eatontown through either compliance averaging or soil excavation. The Army has received a No Further Action determination for two former underground storage tanks at Parcel 76 in Oceanport.
  • FMERA staff summarized the Army’s field activities at two sites: Parcel 34, located on Parcel F-3 in Tinton Falls, purchased by the Monmouth County Parks System in February, where the Army has installed three new monitoring wells and collected samples in March; and Parcel 96, the former dry-cleaning facility near Building 700 in Oceanport, where the Army has completed its fieldwork and collected samples in March as well. Both sets of results are expected in the coming months.
  • Summary of property closings in the early months of 2017 and the closings expected in the coming weeks. FMERA has received proposals for two parcels in Oceanport and is in negotiations for the Golf Course in Eatontown.

March 15, 2017

Kenneth J. Kloo stated that the Committee met on March 6th and discussed the following:

  • Discussion regarding the soil sampling results for the Squier Hall parcel in Oceanport and implications for the potential developer. Results indicate low-level contamination with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which the Army may attribute to asphalt pavement. The Committee discussed strategies for addressing the contamination.
  • Discussion regarding the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) FMERA has with the NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) for the engineering plans for demolition of the Myer Center in Tinton Falls, and the current environmental carve-out located in the courtyard of the building, where a former neutralization pit for chemicals from the building is located. The Committee discussed the former treatment system the Army had in place, as well as the sampling results from the area. FMERA is recommending the Army remove the vault and address the localized contamination. The Committee discussed the plans for demolition of the building, the Army’s timeline for providing a Remediation Investigation and Feasibility Study for the carve-out, and the overall site’s marketability.
  • Update on the Army’s work to address the groundwater contamination at the former dry cleaning site located along the Avenue of Memories in Oceanport. Additional sampling will be conducted in the near future and a report will be submitted to the DEP.
  • Update on the Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for Parcels 28, 38 and 69, which will be posted on the Army website this week.
  • Summary of compliance reporting requirements FMERA will be completing.
  • Update on the results of the deer management plan initiated by FMERA related to the opening of Route 537/Avenue of Memories.
  • Discussion regarding the Mandatory Conceptual Review application received from FM Partners, LLC, the contracted purchaser of the former fitness center in Oceanport. The Environmental Features Checklist submitted by the applicant indicated that no detrimental impact to environmental features was identified, therefore, no further action by the Committee is warranted. The purchaser will, however, be applying for a Wetlands Permit from the DEP.
  • Update on the latest real estate transactions.
  • Discussion regarding the volunteers to perform routine water monitoring of various waterways throughout Oceanport Borough that may result in a request for access to perform sampling along the shorelines within the Fort Monmouth property.

January 18, 2017

Kenneth J. Kloo stated that the Committee met on January 9th and discussed the following:

  • Discussion regarding a potential project currently in negotiations for the Squier Hall parcel in Oceanport, which may include the use of the former landfills known as FTMM-08 and FTMM-18. A portion of the parcel is within environmental carve-outs and the developer has expressed interest in a potential lease of the property in order to begin investigations and site work. The Army has prepared a Finding of Suitability to Lease (FOSL) for the Squier Hall building and surrounding development area. FMERA staff shared details of the FOSL, which was available for public comment until December 27th. The Committee discussed the leasing process, the potential redevelopment on and near the landfills, and the landfill closure plan under development.
  • Discussion regarding the Mandatory Conceptual Review (MCR) application received from Pinebrook Commerce Center, LLC, the contracted purchaser of the former Fabrication Shops in Tinton Falls. No detrimental impacts were identified in the Environmental Features Checklist submitted by the applicant, therefore, no further action by the Committee is warranted.
  • Update on Parcels 28, 38 and 69. These three environmental carve-outs have received No Further Action (NFA) letters from the NJ DEP. The Army has begun drafting  the Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for these three parcels and, when complete, the drafts will be posted for public review and comment.
  • Discussion regarding a proposed trail network that incorporates the planned blue/green belt system envisioned in the Reuse Plan with the current and upcoming development projects, the Army’s potential landfill closure plan and existing wetlands mapping.
  • FMERA staff provided an update on the controlled bow hunt approved by the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, which will continue until January 28th.
  • Update on discussions with the NJ DEP Bureau of Safe Drinking Water, and the plan to advise tenants and visitors to the site that no potable water will be available for a period of time. A program of bottled water distribution will being in the interim.
  • FMERA staff provided a summary of the current Requests for Offers to Purchase for the Lodging Area and Allison Hall Complex in Oceanport.